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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:32

SHEFFIELD EAGLES URGE MANCHESTER TO BACK ANTI-HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA CAMPAIGN

 

The Sheffield Eagles joined the thousands of revellers at the annual Pride parade on Saturday to urge the people of Manchester to show their support for the Government campaign tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport.

 

The ‘I love sport, but I hate homophobia and transphobia’ campaign, which aims to make sport at every level a welcoming environment for all, has a growing list of supporters.

 

Rugby union’s Ben Cohen and tennis star Martina Navratilova are both signed up, as is the Football Association, the Lawn Tennis Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union, among many others.

 

Members of the public can back the campaign on Facebook by searching ‘I love sport, but I hate homophobia and transphobia’.

 

The campaign forms part of widespread Government work to ensure equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people which will see action being taken on a range of issues from civil partnerships, to work to promote better recording of hate crimes and a commitment to promote rights abroad.

 

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

 

“As we celebrate Pride, I urge you to pause to remember that somewhere in Manchester there is a young sports fan who’s packed in their passion because they think they won’t be accepted.

 

“Supporting this new campaign will help us make Pride 2011 the year we relegate hate in sport to history.”

 

Sheffield Eagles Director, Chris Noble MBE said:

 

“Sheffield Eagles are delighted to support the Government Charter for Action. We are proud of Rugby League’s tradition of being an inclusive and welcoming family sport.

 

“There is no place for discrimination or prejudice of any kind in Rugby League and we are doing everything we can to challenge homophobia effectively and make sure LGBT people feel welcome.

 

“Thank you Manchester and all those that cheered and supported us at Manchester pride it was a fantastic day for the players, cheerleaders staff and families from Sheffield eagles, Salford City Reds Oldham RLFC, RFL and Pride Sports! We hope to see you at a Rugby League game.”

 

To support the campaign and sign up to the Charter for Action ‘like’ the ‘I love sport, but I hate homophobia and transphobia’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lgbtsportcharter